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Greenland Adventure

Arctic Greenland Cruise Information

Summary : Curate your own active adventure in Greenland, from paddling pristine waters to stepping onto the vast polar plateau of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Designed to give polar adventurers unprecedented access to some of the hardest-to-reach places on the planet—and equipped with kayaks and two onboard twin-engine helicopters for unparalleled access to remote areas—the Ultramarine offers a unique Greenland experience with an array of activities. Heli-hike, Zodiac cruise, paddle, or visit the Greenland Ice Sheet by helicopter. Enjoy optional mountain biking, alpine kayaking, or an immersive camping experience. Throughout the journey, take in Southeast Greenland's spectacular fjords, cascading coastal glaciers, soaring snow-capped mountains, and verdant valleys.

NOTE: This ship is NEW for the 2021 season! As with any new vessel, we strongly suggest selecting a departure date at least six weeks after launch. Please ask for details.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Dedicated Solo Cabins, Triple/Quad Cabins


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Day 1
Reykjavik, Iceland / Embark

Your Arctic expedition begins in Reykjavik, Iceland. Meet at the airport to take a private charter flight* from Iceland's capital to Narsarsuaq, Greenland, where you’ll embark on your ship. A scenic village deep in the Tunulliarfik Fjord, Narsarsuaq is the gateway to South Greenland, surrounded by several Norse sites and hiking trails. Get ready for a great adventure ahead!

*See Additional Costs for mandatory transfer package information.

Day 2 – 7
Exploring Southern Greenland

Nicknamed “Arctic Patagonia,” South Greenland is a region as rich in spectacular scenery as it is in history. Here, it’s easy to see why Erik the Red gave Greenland its name: Everywhere you look rewards with vistas of icy blue waters set against a breathtaking backdrop of dramatic peaks, winding coastline, crystal-clear waterfalls, lush, verdant valleys, and pastures bursting with blooms. Boasting the greatest variety of landscapes in the country, coupled with the most serene, sheltered waterways surrounded by soaring, snow-capped mountains, the southern tip of Greenland is an adventure seeker’s paradise, whether you’re a newbie kayaker or hardcore hiker.

The ship will be based in and around the majestic fjords that dominate the southern and southeastern coasts, sailing deeper and aiming to explore farther than ever before. A first in polar adventure travel, this expedition has been developed sustainably in collaboration with municipal, regional, and national partners to offer you the most extensive array of adventure activities (many of which are included), allowing you to curate an active adventure in Greenland that best suits you!

Since each expedition presents new opportunities and different weather and ice conditions, no two polar voyages are alike. This voyage has no fixed itinerary, which will allow your Expedition Team and local partners to craft a voyage that provides you with the best experiences that South Greenland can offer by closely monitoring the local weather and ice conditions. Each day, your Expedition Team will plan excursions deep in the southern fjord systems. With the expertise of local partners, lesser-visited areas will be showcased—hope to take advantage of all that this polar paradise has to offer. Your ship will continually be on the move as your Expedition Team searches for the most ideal places to venture ashore, dip the kayaks and Zodiacs in the water, or deploy the helicopters for more in-depth exploration. Every day will be a new adventure.

Onboard helicopters contribute to the ultimate polar expedition experience. As stunning as polar landscapes are from your ship, they’re even more striking from the air. Conditions permitting, you may have opportunities for a heli-landing on the Greenland ice sheet and heli-hiking (flying to places not otherwise accessible for hikes suitable for all skill levels)—exciting included options that are unique to Ultramarine and give you an awe-inspiring polar experience like no other.

Throughout your journey, you’ll head out in small, intimate groups with similar interests, multiple times a day, to some of the most remote, isolated areas of South Greenland. Here, you’ll truly unplug, recharge, and experience the transformative power of travel at your own pace. One day, you may hop in a helicopter to hike around the scenic alpine areas while around the corner your shipmates are enjoying a peaceful paddle in a sheltered inlet. The next, you may be cruising along a glacier face deep in an icy fjord while others enjoy a challenging alpine hike. And the next, you may fly up to the epic Greenland ice sheet, discovering a new appreciation of the natural environment (it’s the largest ice mass in the northern hemisphere, and the second largest in the world, after Antarctica), while your shipmates leisurely stroll amid the beckoning green hills and valleys (as always, there are hiking options for all levels).

If you’re feeling extra-adventurous, our onboard helicopters will have you taking your activities up a notch, way up! They’ll drop off your small group at the start of the most scenic mountain biking trails in the world or at isolated glacial lakes high in the mountains, then pick you up wherever your explorations take you, so you’re always discovering new scenery while enjoying the tranquility of your surroundings—whether you’re exploring by kayak, or on two wheels. Be sure to book your Adventure Options (extra cost) in advance, as they fill up fast.

Day 8
Narsarsuaq, Greenland / Disembark / Reykjavik, Iceland

Before you depart on your charter flight* back to Reykjavik in the early evening, hope to spend the day visiting the sites surrounding Narsarsuaq. Possible destinations include the villages of Igaliku, where you can wander the ruins of the Gardar cathedral, the largest church in Greenland in the Middle Ages. We may also stop at Brattahlíð to explore the remains of Erik the Red’s estate. Upon landing back at Reykjavik’s international airport, you will be transferred to your hotel* in nearby Keflavik.

*See Additional Costs for mandatory transfer package information.

Day 9
Reykjavik, Iceland

Today, you can make your way home at your leisure or continue your independent explorations of Iceland.


Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions—and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

NOTE: This ship is NEW for the 2021 season! As with any new vessel, we strongly suggest selecting a departure date at least six weeks after launch. Please ask for details.

Mandatory Travel Insurance:
Due to the remoteness of the areas in this itinerary, travelers must carry a minimum $50,000 of emergency medical coverage. Proof of coverage is required prior to embarkation. The travel insurance policy should also cover trip cancellation insurance, trip delay, interruption or after departure coverage, baggage and repatriation. The shipping company will not be held responsible for delays due to force majeure. Any additional costs accrued will be the responsibility of the traveler. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends that you select a travel protection plan that includes trip cancellation and interruption coverage and at least $200,000 in medical evacuation coverage. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions.

Alpine Kayaking:
Pre-booking required. Kayak guides will take you to remote glacial lakes high in the upper alpine zones of Southern Greenland. Pioneer the untouched and raw beauty of these tranquil, isolated lakes. Once deployed by a helicopter, find yourself immersed in the most remote corners of this area of Greenland. This activity is weather dependent and will only be conducted during calm conditions. Prior kayaking experience is required, and you must have the capability to do a wet exit to participate. Must be 16 years of age or older to participate. Beginners interested in kayaking should consider participating in the paddling excursions described below. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Greenland Camp Experience:
Join local hosts at Tasermiut Camp, one of the most exclusive camps in Greenland. Local guides will lead you on an immersive experience through the wonders of their homeland. Spend ample time in intimate groups walking through beautiful landscapes and pristine valleys. Roam the tundra with a local chef who will show you fresh ingredients, then prepare an incredible meal together. Overnight at the camp and, if conditions are right, experience the magnificent colors of polar twilight which will bring the beautiful mountainous surroundings into full effect.

Heli-Hiking: Included
Pre-booking required. A twin-engine helicopter will transfer you to the start of one the most scenic hiking routes of Southern Greenland and pick you up at the end point of the route. You may choose to join a fast walking group for exploration and distance, a medium hiking route with time to stop for photography and reflection or explore at a slower pace with ample time to enjoy the scenery and immerse yourself in your surroundings. This activity is weather dependent and will only be conducted during calm conditions. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Ice Sheet Experience: Included
Pre-booking required. Ascend high above cascading coastal glaciers onto the immense polar plateau of the Greenland Ice Sheet (the second-largest ice mass in the world), take in the immensity of this overwhelming landscape, and learn about environmental dynamics from a team of glaciologists. An excursion on one of Ultramarine’s two twin-engine helicopters means you’ll have a view of the Ice Sheet that few have ever experienced. This activity is weather dependent and will only be conducted during calm conditions. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Mountain Biking:
A helicopter will take you to the starting point of your adventure and pick you up at the end of the route so you’re always covering new terrain along the way. Heli-mountain biking outings last 4–6 hours with approximately 2–3 hours of pedal time. Participants must be fit, intermediate to intermediate-strong mountain bikers, and should expect a combination of single-track and remote gravel roads. Riders must be able to roll over small obstacles (like roots or rocks) and shift gears comfortably when anticipating/responding to changing terrain. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Paddling: Included
Sign up for a one-time paddle atop a stable, sit-on-top kayak—perfect for anyone with minimal or no kayaking experience. Rotating groups of passengers will be taken out with expert guides always present to provide instruction and help connect them with the polar sea. This activity is weather dependent and will only be conducted during calm conditions. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Shipboard accommodations; all shore landings per the daily program; all Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program; heli-hiking; ice sheet experience; paddling; experienced Expedition Leader; formal and informal presentations by Expedition Team and special guests as scheduled; photographic journal; gear to keep (expedition parka and reusable water bottle); gear on loan (waterproof expedition boots for shore landings, walking poles); all meals on board ship; snacks, soft drinks, and juices on board; beer and house wine during dinner; coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock; daily housekeeping; miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; luggage handling aboard ship; Greenland voyages cruise passenger tax; emergency evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $500,000 per person*. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Mandatory Transfer Package (see Additional Costs); international airfare; arrival and departure transfers, except where listed in the Mandatory Transfer Package; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above; any beverages not mentioned in inclusions; meals ashore unless otherwise specified; emergency medical coverage (required); baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance (strongly recommended); excess baggage charges; mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising or any other gear not mentioned; laundry, bar, beverage, and other personal charges unless specified; phone and internet charges; voluntary gratuity at end of voyage for shipboard staff and crew; Adventure Options not listed as included, such as optional alpine kayaking, Greenland camp experience, and mountain biking; additional overnight accommodation; fuel surcharge may apply.

*Emergency Evacuation Insurance:
Emergency evacuation coverage to a maximum benefit per paying passenger of $500,000 is included in the cost of this expedition. Included coverage is applicable only while traveling with the shipping company between the first and last day of the expedition. Additional days of travel prior to the expedition and/or after the expedition, including pre- and post-packages/hotels/flights, purchased from the shipping company or from suppliers other than the shipping company, are not covered by the included emergency evacuation insurance. We strongly advise all passengers to purchase medical, cancellation and baggage insurance, and additional emergency evacuation coverage.

PHOTOS: © Adobe Stock, © Sam Crimmin (Hot Springs Soak, Flightseeing), © Acacia Johnson (Lindenow Fjord hikers, Kayakers and Helicopter, Iceberg and Zodiac, Hvalsey, Zodiac Passengers, Alpine Kayaking), © Peter Lindstrom (Camping Experience), © Mads Phil (Qinqua Valley), © Michelle Sole (Brattahild), © Quark Expeditions

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